LIU Melodies Concert: Worship Experience 2017

On Saturday 25 March 2017, we had the Melodies Worship Experience 2017 hosting different choirs and students from Universities around Mbale to minister through praise and worship. The theme was: Lay your crown before the throne in worship. Revelation 4:10

The LIU Melodies Concert happens every second semester of every academic year with the major aim of inspiring Christians to minister through music.

“We have done two concerts so far, but this time we wanted to try something new: A Worship Experience. We wanted to involve the congregation and let everyone worship and praise. It worked, although at the end of the event people looked tired because it was a fulltime of worship, singing and dancing. We hope that for the next event it will be the original idea of a concert. We have experienced some financial constrains this year but we are still confident that we will be able to organise a stronger event next year.” Rehema Nakyagaba – Chairperson LIU Melodies

The Melodies is a good time for LIU students, staff and the community to come together and worship. It helps us to understand how to praise the true God, go an extra mile in worship and grow in faith. It is also a way our students can put their spiritual gifts into practice and serve the lord. – Fred Watsekoni, Executive Assistant, Office of The Vice Chancellor

LIU Sports Gala 2016

Academic learning and sports education are complementary pursuits. If education is integrated with sports, the student’s character can be increased. Through sports, students train in leadership, sharing, team spirit, and tolerance. Sports teach students to develop not only physical strengths, but also mental strengths such as the practices of collaboration, discipline, and determination.Therefore, sports combined with academics results in the spiritual, moral, and physical development of students.

As part of our culture here at LivingStone International University, by mentoring and engaging students in different activities,such as our recent Sports Gala, we create conducive learning platforms for students to learn both in class and outside class.

The LIU Sports Gala was held on Saturday the 9th of April, 2016. The tournament between all Schools at the University was held for table tennis, volleyball, football, netball, and Ludo (a local game). The ceremony kicked off on Friday evening with the indoor games like Chase, Draft, Ludo, and Table Tennis. The event continued through Saturday with outdoor games like Football, Volleyball, and Netball. Everyone was celebrating as different teams competed throughout this exciting weekend.

The two-day event was organized under the supervision of the Dean of students, Mr. Patrick, and the Student’s Sports Ministry. Both the girls and boys equally participated in all the games. The occasion was very much appreciated by the students and faculty members, and at the end of the games winners were awarded prizes.

The Final Results

CategoryWinning School
FootballSchool of Information Technology
VolleyballSchool of Media and Christian Ministry
NetballSchool of Business Administration
Table TennisSchool of Business Administration

Overall Results

PositionSchoolScore
3School of Media and Christian Ministry 36
2School of Information Technology51
1School of Business Administration78

The 2nd Melodies Concert 2016

The Melodies is a University Choir-led event that began with its first concert in 2015.It is one of the spiritual activities at LivingStone International University that is focused on giving young people the opportunity to express themselves through worship and praise and to expose their talent to the rest of the world.

Singing is a great gift from the Lord, so we aim at strengthening the spiritual lives of students by encouraging them to use their gifts to minister to other people and to live a better life. The event happens every second semester of every academic year, near the spiritual emphasis week.

Students compose their own songs; they do this as a way of ministering through composition and performing. The university always takes responsibility to support these students by providing musical instruments and the necessary guidance needed throughout the event.

This year’s 2nd Melodies Concert occurred on 12 March 2016 and was a great, sizzling, spiritual event with a number of student bands—such as The New Melodies Band and The Trumpets—performing great compositions in different genres: from Afro and Zouk to RnB and Acoustic. Among the guests who attended were Pastor Fillan and Richard from Arua, Cornerstone Academy, Leadership Academy from Southern Sudan, and the Guest of Honor, Florence Rukundo.

We are looking at taking The Melodies to a level where it is always open to the community, and not only for students as it is now. We want to involve different musicians: to come, attend, mentor, and inspire students. We are focused on connecting to different music groups that have international audiences and on creating a great platform for students to sing, work, connect, and minister easily with international groups.- Says Nicholas Nambedde: Chaplain, LivingStone International University

The Theme for the 2nd Melodies Concert was:

Therefore, strengthen your feeble arms and weak knees. Hebrews12:12 NIV

Livingstone International University Cultural Gala 2016

With students from seven different countries, Livingstone International University (LIU) has a reason to celebrate cultural diversity!  On March 5th, 2016 students had a chance to represent where they come from during LIU’s Cultural Gala.

The gala featured food, music, dance, art, drama and other cultural aspects of many of the various cultures represented at LIU!

What the University thinks about the event!

Dean of Students: Patrick Chebet: “Culture and humanity are one; you cannot separate human beings from their culture; and as much as we know that civilization is taking over and our culture is changing; there is still a lot identified with us. Culture is truly our identity and there is no way we can put away with it absolutely.”

“Through such platforms, we can remind ourselves of what has been going on for generations and what we have forgotten. I am sure today; many of us who did not experience some of the things in their cultures might have seen it today.”

“Quite a number of students grew up in urban areas and do not know what really goes on in their real origin and it is at such times that they can learn. We learn what goes on in the different parts of the country, what goes on in other parts of the continent. You have seen today, what happens in Rwanda, Congo and as LIU continues to grow, we will keep learning what happens in other communities.”

“I am so happy and glad for each cultural group that performed today, you have all done beyond what I was expecting because of the short time you had to prepare. However, in challenging those who did not participate, the next time we have such events and performances; please get involved because we love to learn what happens in your communities.”

Lecturer: Roger Fletcher: “I am joyful to be here today; as I teach psychology to about 100 students here, understanding their culture from such events will help me to understand where they come from and some of the different things that go on. Even though I have been here for a good time, I am still learning, and this helps us learn more about each other.”

“I want to challenge everybody, the culture here at LIU is a Christian culture, and we want Christianity to be part of your culture, that is what we are here for. To transform Africa through quality, Christ centered and higher education.”

“Embrace the good things in your cultures!”

Vice Chancellor: Dr. Rick Trull: “When I think about culture, I cannot help but to think about God who created everything. He created us in all our diversity, different looks, language and cultures.”

God likes a lot of differences, but He likes differences that are unified!  As we celebrate our culture, let us celebrate our unity that brings us together. Let’s make this an annual thing, and keep cerebrating together.”

What students think about the event?

Magera Pearl – BBA Student: “The event is the first of its kind at the university. It has been amazing, we could not have expected so much from it because it was the first time, but we got more than we expected from this.”

“It’s unfortunate that my tribe (Sebei) did not participate because we are few at school, something that has limited us from getting involved in the gala. I hope next year we will be represented.”

“This event is so important, it binds us together and it has been so fun. Culture is what makes us different from other communities. It defines us Africans and at the same time unites us.”

Jeffer Innocent – BBA Student: “This has been so good; we had a chance to learn about other cultures.”

“The event gave us a chance to get back to our roots. I performed the Acholi Lakaraka dance, something I had taken time without doing since I joined campus. I felt so good performing with my team. We have strong traditional believes that we value so much. Through this event, students learn to value their origins and to respect other cultures.”

Nakirijja Brenda – Media Student: “I have been involved in organizing the event; it was so nice to see students working so hard to represent where they come from.”

“Our major aim was to expose different traditions and encourage students to value their cultures despite the technological advancement and other influences. I feel good seeing the students put on their traditional outfits; the Iteso’s, Bamasaba’s, Basoga’s and other different cultures. This is what defines us! It has been so entertaining, interactive and a great learning platform.”

“I’m just excited about the next gala. I have hopes to continue promoting culture in the future, and craft is something I am looking at to venture into after school.”

What was the Final Outcome? In the end the overall winner was Northern Uganda! 

The Final Results: Overall Winners

  1. Northern Uganda 79%
  2. Bamasaba 75%
  3. Congo 72%
  4. Rwanda 68%
  5. Iteso 64%
  6. Basoga 61%

Categories

  1. Best Role Play: Northern Culture
  2. Best Flock Traditional Dance: Northern Culture
  3. Best Solo Vocal: Northern Culture
  4. Best Story Telling: Iteso
  5. Best Traditional Meal: Bamasaba